August 5th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll of polls: Obama's edge over McCain grows slightly

The latest CNN poll of polls show Obama having a slight lead.
The latest CNN poll of polls show Obama having a slight lead.

(CNN) – Barack Obama is holding onto a slim edge over John McCain, the latest CNN Poll of Polls suggests.

CNN Election Center: View the latest state polls

After several days of tough new ads from McCain’s campaign, the presumptive Democratic nominee holds a 4-point advantage over the presumptive Republican nominee in CNN's average of national polls, up slightly from the 3-point margin he held on Friday.

A week ago, he led McCain by a six-point margin, a reflection of traditionally volatile summer polling.

The poll of polls includes the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, conducted August 2-4, that gave Obama a 4-point advantage. Late last week, the same poll showed the two candidates tied at 44 percent.

“The Democrats appear to have blunted any momentum Sen. McCain gained from last week’s ad associating Sen. Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Once again, we are seeing that Obama has a small but durable edge over McCain. It is up to McCain to find a way to change the fundamental dynamics of this campaign.”

Earlier: McCain ad calls Obama 'biggest celebrity in the world'

In addition to the Gallup daily tracking poll, the CNN poll of polls also included a USA Today/Gallup survey conducted July 25-27 and a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation conducted July 27-29. The CNN poll of polls does not have a margin of error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN Polls • John McCain
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. E. de Leon

    Its funny you guys will write"have blunted any momentum Sen.McCain gained from last week's ad..."maybe its reality check for the bias media, people are speaking up, subscriptions are down. We will not see 'the One' being annointed in the White House next year. McCain 08. HRC 2012!

    August 5, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Barack the Vote in RI

    McCain said his campaign would stick to the policies and wouldn't result to divisive, underhanded cheap shots which distracted from the real issues.....THEN we see Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears....next Charleton Heston/Moses......then during a townhall meeting he was asked why his campaign has resorted to such nonsense....he had the nerve to say he was "proud" of his campaign and the ads they are now showing........

    What kind of retarded judgement is this?

    Obama....the ONLY choice.

    August 5, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. ever notice

    For the first time, polls are showing McCain ahead. That should be the headline. McCains is clearing getting the "mo".

    The ads are working. And Obama's post-Eurpope bounce has lost it's step.

    August 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Freida, NYC

    Funny, now Obama is saying he "needs Hillary and Bill to help win this election." Hmmm!!!

    Hillary 2008

    August 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Jim

    I'm tired of those polls. By the way, I'm an Obama supporter (100%).

    August 5, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. lezah2

    Stay away from the Obama campaign, Hillary. He is toxic. You will survive to run for election another day but his chance will be over after the November election. CNN is helping the Obama campaign as much as they can but you've lost all your credibility with the Obama lovefest.

    August 5, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter from Texas

    I like the way they think Obama is down in "the polls". Please under estimate us. I have asked on several blogs if anyone received a "pollster" and three-fourths of the response has been NO.

    August 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Edith Arkansas

    Talking about flip flop these polls are to flip floppy to pay attention to I think that the voters are not giving there true vote on these polls. If voters are really giving credence to those childish ads of McCain's then this country needs to be educated. and McCain calls them humor and having fun. What an idoit. Can McCain LEAD? I think not!!!! CAN BARACK OBAMA LEAD? YES HE CAN, YES WE WILL!!!!! AS PRESIDENT MCCAIN WILL DO THE TWIST AND TURN AND DECEIVE. HE'S NO LONGER THE MAVRICK

    August 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. BCH for NC Obama!!!!

    Get over it you creeps. he will win. American is tires of the one sided politics.

    August 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Tomas, Miami

    Form a mathematical, analytical point of view, an average of the results of statistical surveys, which are themselves probabalistic, is pretty much worthless. I think CNN publishes its "poll of polls" just to back its own editorial tendencies, which have been subtly against Obama since the primaries.

    It would be better to simply publish a table comparing the results of the major surveys, and let the readers draw their own conclusions.

    August 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Chris11

    Hmmmm…. and both Rasmussen and Zogby have McCain leading! Funny how you never report balanced news…. where's this headline. Don't you think that deserves to be a story as well? or does it just scare you so much that McCain might be pulling ahead… Guess what, the power of persuasion and the labeling theory are not going to work on most of America! You can say that Obama is winning or that he believes in something that he doesn't, but we see the truth and you telling us otherwise is certainly not going to change the facts!

    August 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Darrel from Denver

    No surprise here. McCain is, and has been, done. His only hope is to get enough lemming Republicans to believe the inaccuracies, drivel, and outright lies he is publishing both against Obama and for himself.

    He cannot be trusted, except to lie. The Republicans cannot be trusted, expect to denigrate, attack, and lie.

    McCain should already be retired. Why are we even thinking about allowing him to run for President. He cannot run this country. He cannot even run his own campaign effectively.

    This guy is a joke.

    August 5, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. grant

    McCain needs to stop taking direction from Rove's goons. Republicans need to realize that that line of attack works as well as it worked for the Clinton's. Ultimately, Mccain has to sell himself; if he trys to win by tearing Obama down, it will backfire. there are only marginal short term gains to be made from going negative. By doing this so early in the cycle, Obama will become innoculated to negative attacks and his lead will grow.

    August 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Vigla

    Face it, Obama has a strong edge over McCain. No amound of dumb attack ads will make McSame look like a President. He can't speak, can't articulate his positions, and looks like he's unfit to be President. His time was 8 years ago.

    It was a mistake for the Republicans to nominate him. He is the result of a disappointed Republican party with low primary turnout.

    August 5, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Michigan for Obama

    Yea well just wait until the convention. I think Obama will gain a double digit lead after his 75,000 attendees are in Denver with him and everyone will see that change is coming. Please people, McLame is dangerous for this nation, we can't afford to have another republican dictator run this nation. This man is nuts and ignorant, DRILL DRILL DRILL, since that is my only plan on the energy crisis, please give me a break.

    August 5, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Michael

    "Yes we can" shout the 80% of Americans who pay about 5% of the federal income tax every year. Yes, we can what? Screw the successful and the productive even more. You people should move to Sweden where merit, ambition, and industry don't count for much. I know you think if you write enough puerile slogans on the internet, you will convince the federal government to take by force even more money made by the able and the diligent and transfer it to you, the mediocre.

    August 5, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Ron democrat turned independent

    wait till they poll again. after that silliness about using our reserves for temporary relief. with the Iran situation like it is, this is definitely not what you would call good judgment. McCain's plan for a tax holiday would accomplish the same thing and we keep our oil, in case of an emergency. he as put himself again in a flip flop position. why does he do that?

    August 5, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Mack

    Sorry CNN your bias is showing again. Rasmussen has McCain ahead.

    August 5, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. BJGT

    The groundswell is rising for Obama – the young, ages 18 -34, who do not participate in these polls because they have landlines, favor him 2-1.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. NC Man

    each poll tells a different story .... just vote! Obama is the only one that looks at the polls, that way, he can develop his platform! He BHO whats the plan next week?

    August 5, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Doug, New Jersey

    Hopefully the good honest Americans who are on the giving side in this country will win and the hateful, blue takers who are are selfish and dishonest will lose once again.

    Our brave men and women are spreading the word about the disprespect Obama showed them on his "trip" and the hate and disgust he has for them.

    Most Americans don't hate other Americans based on their skin color like Rev. Wright and his mentor, if Americans can get the truth and embrace it, evil will be defeated once again.

    It is true that America needs to learn a lesson by having a Dem as president for 4 years, but if that would happen now, it just might signal the end of this great nation. We will need at least another 4 years to clean up the mess of the 90's as Bush has not done the greatest job, Reagan would have done it in less than 4.

    August 5, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Rocky

    These national polls are worthless. The states delegates decide the election so these polls are not worth reporting on.

    August 5, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. NoMcSame(Mr.Grumpy Burns)

    No plan, just the same as McBush but he will win because he is white.
    The good ship America is going down and Obama has the life vest but the racist will not take it because they would rather go down with Mcsame then to have a blackman save the day. That is the America that I know. We are one sick family. The hate runs strong and deep in this house and hate will cause it to fall down. Poor white folks think that they are the rich that the republicans fight for. They can't fill up their cars but they don't really get it. They don't want to be lumped in with black folks no matter what. McSame will cut off their heads to help the rich but they think that he is for them. What fools they are. Obama has hope only but no chance of winning this election.
    Obama The Dream

    August 5, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. HR

    How come today's Zogby and Rasmussen aren't mentioned? McCain is ahead in both of those. The public needs to know the truth.

    August 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. elliott

    I thought Osama...uh, I mean Obama was running for President of the European Union...

    August 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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